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Reading with Muriel Dimen / Writing with Muriel Dimen
Experiments in Theorizing a Field

Edited By

Stephen Hartman

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ISBN 9781032370873
March 8, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reading with Muriel Dimen / Writing with Muriel Dimen: Experiments in Theorizing a Field is a collection of reading and writing experiments inspired by the late feminist psychoanalyst Muriel Dimen.

Each of the six projects that comprise this volume explore a stylistic and thematic manner of reading and responding-to Dimen’s work, challenging the field to write outside the standardized edition, and covering a remarkable breadth of essential analytic topics, such as sex, gender, money, love and hate, and boundary violations. As an homage to Dimen’s quest to engage the personal and the political in the author’s craft, and in collaboration with Dimen’s endeavour to foster revolution across the psychosocial landscape that renders psychoanalysis its field, the authors offer readers a wild analysis of reading and writing.

Giving a clear introduction to and exploration of Muriel Dimen’s groundbreaking work, this book will prove essential for scholars of psychoanalysis, cultural studies and gender studies, as well as anyone seeking to understand Dimen’s influence on psychoanalytic practice today.

Table of Contents


Virginia Goldner 

Part One: Among Us: Reading and Writing with Muriel Dimen 

Stephen Hartman

Part Two: Politically Correct / Politically Incorrect - Redux and Revise 

1. Editor's Note 

Stephen Hartman

2. Politically Correct? Politically Incorrect? 

Muriel Dimen

3. To Capture the Frenzied Politically In/Correct? 

Katie Gentile 

4. Ela 

Almas Merchant

5. Note 

Bettina Von Lieres

6. In Muriel Dimen's Footsteps - Five Notes on the Politically Correct and Politically Coerced in Current Israeli Contexts 

Chana Ullman

7. Note 

Fiona Anciano

8. Note 

Griffin Hansbury

9. Stars and Stripes Forever 

Joanna Wheller

10. Making Life Accessible: A Note From the Suicidal to Society 

J. R. Latham

11. The Limitations of White Liberal Discourse: Political Correctness as Dual Defense 

Lara Sheehi

12. The Unresolved Questions Muriel Dimen Helped me Raise 

Laura Trajber Waisbich

13. On Political Correctness: A Plea for an Intersectional Frame 

Lynne Layton

14. The Political Incorrectness of Feminism in the Wake of Calls for Decolonization in South Africa 

Nobukhosi Ngwenya

15. The Politically Correct and Incorrectness of Intersectionality in Feminist Discourse 

Shiri Raz

16. Bring Back the Curbs on Political Incorrectness 

Shylashri Shankar

Part Three: On Money, Love, and Hate 

1. Editor's Note 

Stephen Hartman

2. On Money, Love, and Hate: Contradiction and Paradox in Psychoanalysis 

Muriel Dimen

3. Good Night, See You Next Week 

June Lee Kwon

4. The Empty Platter 

Jeff Jackson

Part Four: Talking about Sexuality and Suffering or the Eew! Factor: What's a Nice Vanilla Analyst to Do? 

1. Editor's Note 

Stephen Hartman

2. Sexuality and Suffering, Or the Eew! Factor 

Muriel Dimen

3. What's a Nice Vanilla Analyst to Do? An Intergenerational Conversation on Muriel Dimen's "The Eew Factor" 

Lisa Buchberg and Emma Kaywin

Part Five: Wild Times / Wild Analysis / Wild Revolution 

1. Editor's Note 

Stephen Hartman

2. Inside the Revolution: Power, Sex, and Technique in Freud's "'Wild Analysis'" 

Muriel Dimen

3. The Wild, The Revolution, The Abject Social Imaginary, The Racialized Psychoanalytic Setting 

Daniel G. Butler and Ken Corbett

Part Six: Rotten Apples - Talking about It/Them/Us 

1. Editor's Note 

Stephen Hartman

2. Rotten Apples and Ambivalence: Sexual Boundary Violations through a Psychocultural Lens 

Muriel Dimen

3. Paradise Lost: What Is Most Dangerous About Our Method - Muriel Dimen's 'Rotten Apples and Ambivalence': Sexual Boundary Violations Through a Psychocultural Lens 

Velleda C. Ceccoli

4. No Sex, Please. We're Psychoanalysts 

Ann Pellegrini

Part Seven: Of Ghosts and Groups 

1. Editor's Note  

Stephen Hartman

2. Ghosts and the Sexual Boundary Violation: The Limits of an Idea 

Muriel Dimen

Part Eight: Afterword

Adrienne Harris

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Stephen Hartman is an editor-in-chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and former editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and NYU, he has authored over forty articles and book chapters that explore the interface of technology and psychoanalysis through a psychosocial lens. Stephen practises in San Francisco and New York. His road bike and yoga mat are parked in Brooklyn.


‘Bringing together six of the most provocative of Muriel Dimen’s essays, editor Stephen Hartman wisely and playfully frames each with a team of invited commentaries that underscore Dimen’s unique way of mixing theory building, self-reflection, and political aims to enliven thinking and practices in the psychoanalytic field. The commentaries from a diverse set of interdisciplinary, intergenerational, international and intersectionally informed writers are offered with experiment in mind. Rendered with elegance, executed with care, and elaborated in friendship, they respond to Dimen’s call for a wild practice, a revolutionizing form of psychoanalytic reasoning that does not lose sight of collective concerns of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class. Reading with Muriel Dimen / Writing with Muriel Dimen is a real treat: a brilliant and passionate conversation in which Muriel’s vision and voice are given to us fresh with insight for these times.’ 

Patricia Tinceneto Clough, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, psychoanalyst, and author of The User Unconscious